The day began just outside of Hilo Town with a short drive through the peace and quiet 42 acre surrounding Kulaniapia Falls.
Just past a chocolate plantation, amidst a bamboo garden, we met up with Coco in the area which had been transformed by the dual wind and rain storm events on the Big Island in early December. With off-the-grid spaces to stay and farm to table meals available, this unique place is the perfect spot to start your day.
From there, we took a drive through Hilo to the historic Banyan Tree Drive. Commissioned nearly a century ago, this beautiful winding road heads towards the vast and epic views of Hilo Bay.
Journey to each island and you will find a great Banyan, each with its own storied history. The first known Banyan tree, which are native to India, arrived in Hawai'i in 1873 and was planted in Lahaina on Maui in 1873. In 1933, they were planted in Hilo, with a number of historical figures and celebrities planting them over the years.
It was fitting for this local icon in the surf industry to pass through...
A day with Coco Ho would not be complete without a trip to the beach!